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Friday - Stephen Merchant Day!

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Friday 04 March 2011

Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning co-creator of 'The Office' and 'Extras' Stephen Merchant joined Chris live in the studio this morning where he read your Breaking News, judged the Head 2 Headlines and played a few of his favourite tunes.

Music Played

26 items
  • Image for Kirsty MacColl

    Kirsty MacColl There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop...

    Kirsty Maccoll - Galore, Virgin

  • Image for Ron Sexsmith

    Ron Sexsmith Believe It When I See It

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Big Screen Belter

  • Image for George Michael

    George Michael Amazing

    (CD Single), Sony

  • Image for Tears for Fears

    Tears for Fears Head Over Heels

    Tears For Fears - Tears Roll Down, Fontana, 5

  • Image for Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash Ring Of Fire

    Johnny Cash - Man In Black, Columbia

  • Image for LaBelle

    LaBelle Lady Marmalade

    More Monty (Various Artists), Rca Victor

  • Image for R.E.M.

    R.E.M. UBerlin

    (CD Single), Warner Bros, 1

  • Image for Johnny Hates Jazz

    Johnny Hates Jazz Shattered Dreams

    Now 1987 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Yellow

    Glorious (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Golden Oldies

    • Image for The Yardbirds

      The Yardbirds For Your Love

      25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll - 1965 (Various Artists), Connoisseur Collection, 9

  • Image for The Pierces

    The Pierces You'll Be Mine

    (CD Single), Polydor, 1

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic, 4

  • Image for Darts

    Darts Duke Of Earl

    Darts - Darts, Object Enterprises

  • Image for Darts

    Darts Duke Of Earl

    Darts - Darts, Object Enterprises

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

    Meet Glen Campbell, EMI, 1

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Jessie J

    Jessie J Price Tag

    (CD Single), Lava Records, 1

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling Fill My Little World

    (CD Single), Universal Island

  • Image for Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder Higher Ground

    Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collec, Universal

  • Image for Belle and Sebastian

    Belle and Sebastian I Want The World To Stop

    (CD Single), Rough Trade, 1

  • Image for Dennis Wilson

    Dennis Wilson River Song

  • Image for Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol Spitting Games

    (CD Single), Parlophone

  • Image for Jean Knight

    Jean Knight Mr Big Stuff

    Stax Greatest Hits (Various Artists), Stax

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Someone Like You

    21, XL, 1

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones It's Not Unusual

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Pause For Thought

    From Nick Baines, the Bishop of Croydon:

    Thinking and talking

    "A wise man goes to the market and finds, among all the hustle-bustle, a man selling a parrot for the astronomical cost of £100. The wise man can’t believe his eyes and asks why it is so expensive. 'Aha,' says the vendor, 'this parrot can talk.' So, the wise man goes home and comes back to the market with a duck, which he puts on sale for £500. People are outraged: ‘£500 for a duck? There’s a bloke over there flogging a parrot THAT CAN TALK for only £100!’ ‘Yep,’ replies the man, ‘but my duck can THINK.’

    Now, I know it’s far easier to talk than it is to think. I also know from experience that speaking before thinking can get you into big trouble. Some of the most embarrassing memories that haunt me in my waking hours are when I have said or written things that might have best waited for the grey matter to be engaged before the finger hit the keys or the words poured out of the mouth. In my experience thinking is harder than talking.

    Which is why I have massive respect for comedians. Making people laugh isn’t just about getting a response or helping people enjoy themselves. Good comedy works because it makes you think differently or look differently at the ordinary things of life. It’s watching David Brent dancing in The Office and realising that that’s how I dance normally. It’s four revolutionaries sitting on the ground discussing ‘what the Romans ever did for us’ that makes Monty Python’s Life of Brian expose the humbug of selective political memory. It’s Jesus making people laugh by suggesting that trying to get into heaven with all your accumulated stuff is like trying to get a Rolls Royce through a revolving door. (Although he didn’t actually put it quite like that.)

    Today I’m going to think before I speak. Hopefully, this will produce more light than noise."

  • Don't Complain - Construct!!!

    Today's show was dedicated to Stephen Merchant's Mum and Dad for having him in the first place.

  • Today's show starred:

    Martin Ward from Fairford who chose the Big Screen Belter

    Triplets Harry, Rosie and Alistair German from Hartford who are all three today!

    Karen Doonan from Caithness is getting her shop ready for the grand opening tomorrow!

    Cheryl, Denise, Debbie and Dee from South Wales are off to Blackpool for an SAS style bootcamp

    Eve Huster from Halifax who had a World War II Day at school

    Maddie Welsh from Brighton is going to see Justin Bieber in Birmingham this weekend

    Jill Montgomery from Rochester who chose the Golden Oldie

    Stephen Merchant was today's Co-Host

    Nick Baines, the Bishop of Croydon gave us reason to Pause for Thought

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